Grace Mennonite Church (St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada)

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Grace Mennonite Church, St. Catharines, ON.
Source: Ontario's Places of Worship

Grace Mennonite Church was founded in 1956 in St. Catharines, Ontario. They began by worshiping in rented facilities. In 1958 they completed their own meeting house. The congregation was incorporated in 1957 and joined the conference as an independent congregation in 1960. The congregation originated through division from St. Catharines United Mennonite Church because of its desire to use the English language in worship. The founding group included Henry Nickel, Walter Epp, Henry Schellenberg, and David Dyck.

During the first year, David Schroeder, then a seminary student in Chicago, preached about twice a month. Henry Fransen was the first pastor, beginning in 1957.


Canadian Mennonite (3 November 1961): 3; (21 March 1967): 9.

Dyck, Wanda. "History of the Grace Mennonite Church of St. Catharines." Research paper, Canadian Mennonite Bible College, 1977, Mennonite Heritage Centre.

Lepp, Randy. "The History of Grace Mennonite Church." 1981.

Archival Records

Mennonite Heritage Centre, Winnipeg, MB: Volumes 4, 5, 1603, 2927, 3544, 3814, 4011, 4693.

Mennonite Archives of Ontario

Additional Information

Address: 677 Niagara Street, Box 2095, St. Catharines, ON, L2M 3R4

Telephone: 905-935-6112

Website: Grace Mennonite Church

Denominational Affiliations:

Conference of United Mennonite Churches of Ontario (1959-1988)

Mennonite Church Eastern Canada (1988-present)

Conference of Mennonites in Canada / Mennonite Church Canada (1959-present)

General Conference Mennonite Church (1959-1999)

Grace Mennonite Church Leading Ministers

Minister Years
of Service
David Schroeder 1956
Henry Fransen 1957-1963
Arthur Dick 1964-1966
John Krahn 1967-1969
Edward Enns 1971-1974
Fred Unruh 1975-1984
Henry Paetkau 1985-2000
Doug Amstutz and
Wanda Roth Amstutz
Waldo Pauls 2007-2014
David Brubacher 2014-June 2020
June 2022-August 2023
Douglas Schulz 2020-April 2022
Jan Steven (Pastoral Care) June 2022-present
Darrell Winger September 2023-present

Grace Mennonite Church Membership

Year Members
1961 144
1965 209
1975 238
1985 240
1995 225
2000 224
2015 85
2020 125


Map:Grace Mennonite Church, St. Catharines, ON

Author(s) Marlene Epp
Richard D. Thiessen
Date Published September 2011

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Epp, Marlene and Richard D. Thiessen. "Grace Mennonite Church (St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. September 2011. Web. 26 May 2024.,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=177372.

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Epp, Marlene and Richard D. Thiessen. (September 2011). Grace Mennonite Church (St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 26 May 2024, from,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=177372.

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